On board MS EUROPA from Hamburg to Monte Carlo

Jewels of European history

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From here, famous explorers set out on their travels, kings ruled over their global empires and pilgrims set out for sacred sites: Europe’s western coast is fascinating with its great cultural treasures, beautiful historic cities and exquisite gourmet treats. Experience cultural cities such as Lisbon and Barcelona, enjoy the panoramic views from the Moorish Alhambra palace and marvel at the monastic island of Mont Saint Michel. Look forward to some exciting autumn days full of colourful impressions.

from Hamburg to Monte Carlo

Cruise dates:from 15.10.2015 to 30.10.2015 (15 days)
Your ship: MS EUROPA
Cruise number: EUR1522

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This cruise is operated in German. For individual programmes kindly ask our travel concierge.

Highlights of this cruise

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mont Saint Michel*, Torre de Belem*, Monastery of the Hieronymites*, the cathedral and Alcazar in Seville*, the Moorish Alhambra palace* and Gaudi’s masterpieces in Barcelona*
  • Lisbon and Barcelona by day and by night
  • Mournful music to soothe the soul – fado on board
  • Golf & Cruise voyage with extensive golf package*




Thu, 15.10.2015

Individual travel arrangements to cruise departure point
Hamburg, departure 20.00 hrs

Start your cruise by exploring the Hanseatic city of Hamburg at your leisure*.

Fri, 16.10.2015

Relaxation at sea

Sat, 17.10.2015

Antwerp/Belgium, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

In this small, Flemish, cosmopolitan city, you will be tempted by diamonds, fashion and Belgian waffles. Peter Paul Rubens is one of the most famous people to have come from Antwerp. On a walking tour* past historical buildings such as the Grote Markt, you will visit his former home, which now houses an impressive collection of artwork. Delightful Ghent* boasts one of the most beautiful churches in Belgium.

Sun, 18.10.2015

Relaxation at sea

Mon, 19.10.2015

St. Malo/France, 8.00 – 20.30 hrs

The impressive monastic island of Mont Saint Michel* used to be accessible to visiting pilgrims only at low tide. Nowadays, a dam has been constructed leading to this “Wonder of the Western World”, which is one of the best examples of Franco-Norman architecture. Cancale* is the “oyster capital” of Brittany. Learn all about oyster cultivation and taste some delicious seafood.

Tue, 20.10.2015

Relaxation at sea

Wed, 21.10.2015

Gijon/Spain, 7.00 – 18.00 hrs

Take a walk* around this port city on the Bay of Biscay and taste a glass of traditional Asturian cider. The region’s capital, Oviedo*, has a beautiful historic centre. The massive San Salvador cathedral with its Holy Chamber looms over the city: the “Camara Santa” has one of Spain’s largest collections of relics.

Thu, 22.10.2015

Relaxation at sea

Fri, 23.10.2015

Lisbon/Portugal, arrival 7.00 hrs

The EUROPA enters Portugal’s pretty capital on the Tagus River for an overnight stay. Explore this charming city on seven hills in comfort on a nostalgic tram ride*, as it rumbles through the narrow streets of the Alfama district with its houses adorned with tiles. Or join a city tour* to see sights such as the Belem Tower and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. An interesting way of getting to know Lisbon better is on a Segway tour* off the usual tourist trail. A tip for the evening: Make an independent visit to one of the fado restaurants and listen to this melancholy style of music, which in 2011 was included in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list.

Sat, 24.10.2015

Lisbon, departure 12.30 hrs

Sun, 25.10.2015

Cadiz/Spain, 8.00 – 20.00 hrs

Lord Byron called Cadiz the “Mermaid of the ocean” and its historic centre still captivates today. Enjoy its Andalucian charm or set off to visit the Sierra de Cadiz mountains. Here you can see the famous white villages, the picturesque Arcos* being a true highlight – and the home of sherry and thoroughbred horses: Jerez de la Frontera*. Tapas and flamenco will entice you to fiery Seville*. The city’s main landmark is the former Giralda minaret, which is now the bell tower of the biggest Gothic cathedral in the world. Pine forests, sand dunes and cliffs provide the scenery for your walk in the La Brena Nature Reserve*. One of the best photo opportunities on the way is at Cape Trafalgar with its historic lighthouse.

Mon, 26.10.2015

Malaga 8.00 – 18.00 hrs

In 2003, the Pablo Picasso Museum* opened its doors in this Andalusian port – with over 200 of his works, it is a real treat for art lovers. You can follow in the artist’s footsteps and visit the house where he was born in the old part of town. In Granada, an experience like something out of the Arabian Nights awaits: the Nasrid dynasty reigned for 250 years from the Alhambra palace*. Although it may seem rather plain-looking from the outside, the red-coloured palace is delightful inside with its Arab-influenced architecture, bubbling fountains and artistic embellishments.

Tue, 27.10.2015

Cartagena, 8.00 – 14.00 hrs

Explore the ancient city of the Carthaginians as you stroll along the city walls, which have been transformed into an inviting promenade. Or discover Cartagena on the trail of the Romans and visit the amphitheatre built during the rule of Emperor Augustus. The well-preserved historic centre of Murcia* also has a long history behind it. The impressive cathedral with its 90-metre-high tower was built in 1394 on the site of a former mosque.

Wed, 28.10.2015

Barcelona, arrival 8.30 hrs

The EUROPA will be staying overnight in the lively Catalan city on the Mediterranean. In the Gothic Quarter, you will be surrounded by mythical creatures, and no visit to Barcelona would be complete without seeing the work of Antoni Gaudí: marvel at the incomplete Sagrada Familia, which has been under construction for more than 100 years, and the visionary Park Guell. The Montserrat Monastery* is an oasis of calm. This place of pilgrimage is home to the “Black Madonna”, which has been attracting pilgrims since the Middle Ages.

Thu, 29.10.2015

Barcelona, departure 9.00 hrs

Fri, 30.10.2015

Monte Carlo/Monaco, arrival 6.00 hrs
Transfer to Nice for scheduled flight to Germany

Monte Carlo/Monaco
Leave the EUROPA today or stay on a little longer to get to know the principality of Monaco on our post-cruise programme*.

* The shore excursions are not included in the cruise price and are in the planning stage. Subject to changes.

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Please note that our pre- and post-cruise programmes are conducted in German.
For individual programmes kindly consult your travel agent.

Following programmes we offer in German:




Golf – a swing in the south

Saturday, 17 October, Antwerp, Belgium – Kampenhout Golf & Business Club
This course is reminiscent of a traditional British parkland course and provides plenty of variety thanks to its topography.

Monday, 19 October, St. Malo, France – Golf de Dinard
Eighteen holes, each with a fantastic sea view, await players of all levels at France’s second oldest golf course. Its undulating fairways, elaborate bunkers and very fast greens require a well-thought-out game.

Wednesday, 21 October, Gijon, Spain – Club de Golf Real La Barganiza
This 18-hole course with sea views over the Bay of Biscay is characterised by mature trees and gently rolling hills.

Friday, 23 October, Lisbon, Portugal – Penha Longa GC (additional course 1)
In the middle of a nature reserve, this magnificent 27-hole course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr offers spectacular views of the surrounding area with every shot. As one of the top courses in central Europe, Penha Longa hosted the Portuguese Open.

Sunday, 25 October, Cadiz, Spain - Montenmedio Golf Country Club (additional course 2)
Pines, palm trees and putting lines; one of the most scenic golf courses in Spain awaits you. The wide fairways in the highlands of Cadiz are designed to make for a gentler round. But you will need to up your game on the final few meters to each hole, where tricky greens and bunkers stand between you and the flag.

Monday, 26 October, Malaga, Spain – Parador de Málaga Golf
Situated on the beautiful Costa del Sol and inaugurated by the royal family in person, a unique lagoon landscape awaits you here.

Wednesday, 28 October, Barcelona, Spain – Club de Golf Barcelona
This golf course at the foot of the Montserrat mountain was designed by José Maria Olazábal and has already hosted the Spanish Professionals.

Family Cruise

On this family cruise, your loved ones will have their very own on-shore programme. Experienced supervisors ensure that special kids’ and teens’ excursions provide an exciting way to explore new places for all junior cruise passengers aged 4 and up. Naturally, we also offer family excursions* tailored to let you and your children explore together. Back on board, the children and their supervisors complete their eventful day by eating together in the Lido Café. If required, a babysitter* can look after your little ones afterwards. To allow you to sleep in peace, we also offer a lie-in service on days at sea: nannies will pick up your children at 8.00 hrs and take them for breakfast. And on days with shore excursions, adjusted supervision times allow you to take part in excursions* without your children.

Details of kids’, teens’ and family excursions can be found in the itinerary under the respective ports.

* Subject to a charge.